The Most Reverend Archbishop Séan P. O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Archdiocese of Boston
2121 Commonwealth Avenue
Dear Archbishop O'Malley,
We are writing to thank you for withdrawing from the Catholic Charities event on December 9 honoring Mayor Tom Menino, and to ask for additional action regarding this crisis of infidelity to Church teachings.
While we greatly value and appreciate the work of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston, their leadership's plan to honor a political figure who has publicly advocated against Catholic teachings on abortion and same-sex marriage is still in direct violation of the USCCB's 2004 position: "Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." The act of honoring a pro-abortion politician undermines efforts to protect and defend the most vulnerable in society, and is also deeply troubling to supporters of this archdiocese who have worked tirelessly to defend the culture of life. In addition, though we are grateful for the mayor’s contributions to the poor, his published statements portraying our resolve to defend the culture of life as being “not charitable” are in error. We can do both.
We request that you help avoid further scandal and confusion to the faithful by correcting public misstatements regarding Catholic doctrine by Mayor Menino, and by insisting Catholic Charities disinvite Mayor Menino and find a suitable candidate to honor in his place on December 9. If the current leadership refuses to maintain communion with the Archbishop and the Catholic Church by disinviting the mayor, we support you in appointing and installing new leadership.
While this is obviously a difficult request, we believe in our hearts that this is a necessary step that must be taken. The people of Boston have lost confidence in the spiritual leadership of Catholic Charities.
We feel it is time to put authentic Catholic beliefs and teachings back into Catholic Charities of Boston. Please know you can count on our whole-hearted support in making the required changes.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Joseph M. Ammendolia Marie Baranko Domenico Bettinelli Paul Blake Peter Boivin Anne Brady Kevin Brady Peter Campbell Brian Carney Ann Carney Colleen Carney Hugh Carney, Jr. Hugh Carney, Sr Timothy J. Casey Julie Casey Caron Chiusano Nancy Cleary Megan Collier Clair Collins Mary Kate Connolly Jamie Contonio Joe Cosby Bill Cotter Charlie Coudert Mary Crimmins John Cronin Connie Cronin MaryJane Davis Lorita Decorie Kathy Desmond Fr. Tom Dilorenzo Anthony Dilorenzo Mary Dilorenzo Gerald Dilorenzo Rose Dilorenzo Vincent Dilorenzo Patricia Brady Doherty Saumel Doucette Roger Dube Diane Duffin Eric Ewanco Prof. Scott Fitzgibbons Lynne Flatley Allda Follo Kenneth D. Fox Anne Fox Caitlin C. Fox Megan K. Fox Bill Germino Elizabeth Germino Al Goodrow Mrs. Al Goodrow Mairi Greeley Scamby Michael R. Grimes Jay Guillette Lauren Hamilton John Hamilton Maureen Hampe Steve Hampe Tom Harvey Michael J. Heraty William Hobbib Donato Infante III Ann Jeschke Robert W. Joyce, Esq. Brian Kean Priscilla Hingham Keough Ray Lauring Tom Leaver Katie Levandowski Thomas K. Lyman James J Lyons Jennier Maley Bea Martins Dave McAvoy Kay McAvoy Tara McCarthy Michael McCormack Carol McKinley Brian McPherson Kelly McPherson Karin V. Morin, Esq Peter J. Morin, MD, Ph.D Nathan Nascimiento Ray Neary John Q. Neenan Christine Dwyer Newbold Tom Noonan Janet Noonan Merry Nordeen Kenneth Nordeen Susan Noye David Noye Sean O'Connell Cabrini Pak Mark Perry Len Picard Marylou Powers Stein Susan Pritchard Elinor Rafferty John Raschko Judith Raschko Shaun Ratcliffe
Richard Regan Therese Reilly Maryanna Reynolds Rosemary Reynonlds Tom Rezendes George Riley Jackie Rose Kevin Rossiter Joseph F. Ryan Mary R. Ryan Kevin Ryan Marilyn Ryan Robert Rycyna Jim Scamby Ruth Schiavone Alice Slattery George Smalanskas Patricia Stebbens MaryJane Sullivan Jo Tango Michael Thomann John Tuturice Carolyn Walsh Timothy Wills
Christifideles laici, The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World. Pope John Paul II, 1988.
“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination . . . The human being is entitled to such rights in every phase of development, from conception until natural death, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor."
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Pope John Paul II, 1995
Regarding a law permitting abortions, it is "never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it"
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Section 1625: The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent.
Section 2270: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
Section 2273: The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.
Catholics in Political Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 2004
“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”